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Phoenix Primary School ‘Where We Rise to the Challenge’

RRSA (Rights Respecting School Award)

It is an exciting time in the life of Phoenix Primary school. We have embarked on a journey which will benefit the whole school community, from pupils and staff to parents and governors. Here’s what we think you might like to know about it!

Becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School
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As school leaders we think that…

What is a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School?

 

When schools get involved, the children learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day.

 

Children and adults will learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which outlines what children need to survive and thrive, becoming the best they can be and achieving their potential.

 

Why is this happening?

 

 

A Unicef UK Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between adults and pupils, between pupils or between adults. It is proven to benefit everyone in the school community to grow and learn together. Read more about the Award at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

 

How will becoming a Rights Respecting School benefit my child(ren)?

 

This approach works in many schools across the country to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. Headteachers from schools involved in the Award say it has improved children’s and young people’s respect for themselves and others and contributed to children and young people being more engaged in their learning.

 

How can I get involved?

 

 

We hope you will support the school’s journey to become a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School.

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention recognised that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate. The rights in the Convention describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.

 

The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – in other words, as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty – only the United States has not ratified it. The UK signed up to it in 1991.

 

You can read more about it at www.unicef.org.uk/crc and download a summary of the articles at bit.ly/CRC-over11

What is Unicef?

Unicef is the world's leading organisation for children and young people, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, Unicef works in 190 countries to translate that commitment into practical action.

 

Unicef UK is a registered charity. It raises funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and campaigns to keep children safe. Unicef UK also works with schools, hospitals and local authorities in the UK to put children at the heart of what they do.

 

To find out more about Unicef, go to

www.unicef.org.uk

 

As part of our journey to become a Rights Respecting School, Mrs. Irwin introduced the children to UNICEF’s OUTRIGHT campaign on World Children’s Day (20th November 2017). This is a special campaign for schools in the UK that empowers you to speak out about children’s rights - it is a campaign for children, by children!

Right now, refugee children are in danger. 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes, most forced to flee from violent conflict. Many of them are making dangerous journeys, risking their lives in search of safety and close family.

During the next two weeks, the children at Phoenix are going to learn about the impact of the refugee crisis on children’s rights to protection and family reunification.

 

The right to protection for unaccompanied refugee children.

The right to be reunited with family if they live in a different country.

 

Did you know that Paddington Bear is a refugee?

Erica (Y5) took our Paddington Bear home and her whole family talked about refugee children and their families - this is what they had to say...

 

Mr Low: “It must be very hard to leave family and friends going to places where you might not speak their language.”

 

Nathan Low (Y2): “I think if I was a refugee, I would be very sad, lonely and scared!”

 

Ged Low (Y10): “It must be hard going to a new school not knowing anyone, speaking a different language.”

Tara Low (R): “If I was a refugee I would feel sad, lonely and nervous.”

 

 

Mrs Low: “If I was a refugee I would feel so anxious and it would be hard for me to communicate.”

 

Erica (Y5): “I think it must be so hard for people who get forced to move to another country and then to become a refugee.”

 

 

 

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